Turquoise Dresser Makeover with Chalk Paint

This weekend, I got to spend a few hours working on this dresser makeover for our little girl’s room. She’s 2 1/2, and she has such a bright and bubbly personality, I thought she should have a big girl room to match! Here is the freshly painted and waxed dresser with a few of her room accessories. I just love how it turned out! 

Here is the before picture. If you can’t tell from the picture, this is not the highest quality piece of furniture. It’s made of MDF and laminate and those cute legs at the bottom are plastic!

This dresser was the perfect piece to use Annie Sloan Chalk paint, because it sticks to anything without having to use a primer. The color I used is called Provence, and is a really pretty light blue. But since this was for my little girl’s room, I wanted to brighten up the color just a touch. I mixed a little bit of the turquoise latex paint I have in my paint stash, leftover from this project, and this project and I got the perfect color! 

I used a foam roller and rolled on three coats of paint, letting the dresser dry between coats. Chalk paint dry quickly, so it didn’t take to long. Then I added a thin coat of Annie Sloan clear wax, followed by some of the dark wax to deepen the color of the dresser.  I’m so happy with the color! In this picture, you can really see a bit more of the vibrancy of the color. 

 I kept all the original hardware and painted it with the chalk paint as well. Then I used a little of my favorite Martha Stewart Black Coffee metallic glaze, and just rubbed it on the painted hardware using my finger. The perfect touch!

And here is the after picture again! It’s so pretty in person and I think I even impressed my husband. He keeps saying, you wouldn’t even know it was the same piece of junk:0) I really recommend using the foam roller if you can, it made this project go so quickly! I painted this small table using chalk paint and a brush and it took me much longer, and the coats did not go on as evenly. The top of this dresser is so smooth, it looks like it was sprayed on!

I’m a little sad to transition her room from a nursery, but excited for a fresh look. Sadie has a pretty little knit mermaid doll she loves, and it inspired me to go with a vintage mermaid theme for her room. I have a lot of fun DIY projects planned for her room, and I think she is going to love it. 

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  1. I love it!! Great job!!

  2. Beautiful job! Megan

  3. it’s beautiful!!! love the color and how you have it set up. :)

  4. it’s beautiful!!! love the color and how you have it set up. :)

  5. Nice. It has so much more character now.

  6. Yep, that dresser totally rocks. I adore the color (my personal favorite which is why I got to paint my library that color). If only my daughter liked it! She’s is serious love with pink and purple:)


  7. I LOVE THIS!! Great job.

  8. Such a huge change!! Great job Melissa, I love it!!

  9. love it!

  10. I really love the colour you chose – you did a great job! I’m trying to get a little braver with colour… and this inspires me!

  11. Pretty color and the handles turned out so cool! I will have to try that!

  12. i love it!!!!

  13. Beautiful, what a perfect color choice! Your new reader, Tanya :)

  14. Such a beautiful color! I’m planning on making my own chalk paint and painting a Craigslist dresser soon. I hope mine comes out as pretty as yours!

  15. holy cow. that’s incredible! love it.
    i’m also intrigued as to where you got that dog? i have a 2 year old lady who would ah.dore something like that?
    tell me it’s make-able!


  16. This is beautiful! I discovered you on Happy Hour Projects and I’m now following. I would love if you could follow back! Tx

  17. This is way cool! Would LOVE it if you would link this project up at my brand new Trendy Tuesday party going on right now!! http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2012/05/trendy-tuesday-1.html

  18. Did you have to sand the dresser before painting? I just got my hands on a craigslist dresser (all wood) that I want to paint for my baby girl’s room… Do I really need to sand the entire thing?

  19. Just one word…beautiful. I love the pop of color. Great transformation. I have a train table that I’m dying to use chalk paint on since it is laminate and the poor table has had 8 years of heavy use and it is crying out for me to redo it. I have been hesitating because I hate all the priming that goes into painting laminate but with chalk paint I don’t think I will need to. You have me inspired.


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